Theodore Romankow is an experienced law enforcement officer, attorney, and business professional with over 45 years of experience in the public and private sectors.

During his successful 11-year tenure as Prosecutor of Union County (NJ) from 2002 to 2013, Mr. Romankow oversaw a staff of 250 assistant prosecutors, investigators, and support personnel, as well as more than 1,500 sworn law enforcement officers. Mr. Romankow and his team were responsible for the following programs and operations within the county:

  • Member of the Joint Terrorism Taskforce (JTT) comprised of the FBI and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The JTT was tasked with taking action against terrorism.

  • Established mandatory gang awareness for educators in order to teach them how to recognize the existence of gang activity in their schools.

  • Established cyber-safety training for educators and law enforcement officers to help guide and educate youth about cyber-bullying and cyber-safety.

  • Created workshops and training for educators and law enforcement officers regarding anti-bullying legislation (NJSA 18A:37-13 et seq).

  • Created and commanded the Counter-Terrorism Unit (CTU) with the purpose of interdicting terrorist activities in the county. CTU collected, analyzed, and communicated all intelligence gathered to state and federal agencies. It also helped formulate security procedures to limit risk against terror attacks.

  • Commanded the Union County Emergency Response Team/SWAT, which was the operational arm of the CTU during a critical incident.

  • Member and liasion to the County Prosecutors of the Regional Office of Intelligence Center (ROIC). The mission of the ROIC was to collect data from all law enforcement agencies (federal, state and local) to detect and/or prevent criminal and terrorist activities.

  • Established the Gangs, Guns, Drugs & Violent Crimes Task Force. It is now a fully operational unit that is responsible for analyzing and arresting gangs, drug dealers, and violent criminals.

  • Established a mental health unit designed to divert certain non-violent defendants from the criminal justice system. Was instrumental in assisting the Union County Superior Court in creating a mental health court.

  • Conducted numerous wiretap investigations resulting in the arrest and prosecution of known drug traffickers, criminal enterprises, and dangerous gang members.

  • Expanded the Union County Child Advocacy Center in order to provide improved facilities to assist juvenile victims and their families.

  • Established the Union County Homicide Task Force in response to the alarming number of unsolved homicides in the county.

Mr. Romankow began his career as an Assistant Deputy Public Defender in the Union County Public Defender's office from 1968 to 1971. From 1971 to 2002, he was a practicing lawyer and trial attorney in his own civil and criminal litigation law practices, where he focused on criminal, matrimonial, and negligence work.

Mr. Romankow holds a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, and a BA in History from Seton Hall University. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Union County (NJ) Bar, the American Bar Association, the National District Attorneys Association, and a member and former President of the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey.